A walking shadow: Tracing Shakespeare in the Bard’s own country

The playwright may be long gone, but the Warwickshire market town of Stratford-upon-Avon keeps his spirit alive. Isabel Conway indulges in a little luxury and a lot of bardolatry in the 16th-century dramatist’s birthplace

Stratford-upon-Avon, one of the most popular tourist destinations in England: features the birthplace and gravesite of playwright and poet William Shakespeare. Picture: Getty

He is widely celebrated as the world’s most influential writer, whose themes – love, death, power, ambition, jealousy, tragedy – continue as a template for countless films, books and TV soaps.

Yet we know surprisingly little about William Shakespeare himself; his private life, personality, innermost thoughts, foibles and secrets. Notwithstanding his fame as a poet and dramatist, he left few clues to reveal much about this extraordinary talent who peered within the human soul. There ...